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Old 03-03-2018, 09:40 AM   #1
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I've had a Simplicity 20 HP Broadmoor lawn tractor since 2005. The last few years it would get progressively "weaker", even having trouble going up slopes. Tuning & servicing didn't help. It would be OK when first using it, but would die off after a while, and backing up was shameful. It takes 2-3 hours to mow my lawn, even with a 44" deck, so it became very frustrating. I finally decided last summer to really look at "everything" myself rather than have it serviced again.

I crawled under the tractor & started at the front & worked back. Nothing out of the ordinary until I got back to the transmission, which was tucked up high, basically out of normal sight. The cooling fins were loaded with grass clippings, old stuff that had accumulated over the years. I removed the grass from the cooling fins. Voila! Immediate change! It's obvious now how effective the cooling fins were in keeping the transmission oil (?). I now bow off the fins after every use with my leaf blower, despite it being difficult to access them.

I could not believe the change. Back in business. The old 20 horses are pulling again.
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When's the last time the hydraulic drive belt was changed?
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Interesting. I was guessing fuel flow problem. Thanks for sharing that.
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QUOTE: It would be OK when first using it, but would die off after a while, and backing up was shameful.
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If it has gotten so hot to affect performance you might want to think about changing the transmission fluid. It sounds like a hydrostatic transmission, but either way, not a bad idea.
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